Now that you’re aware how herpes is transmitted, what measures can you take to prevent transmitting it to other people? It is extremely vital that you know there’s no cure for herpes and still, you can spread it to others even with treatment. Hopefully, the steps you would learn here would reduce the herpes transmission rate.
You’re Responsible for Not Transmitting this Infection to Other Individuals
Listed below are a few steps to follow which will aid you on your way to the prevention of herpes transmission to others.
1. Recognize that you have herpes.
2. Seek appropriate diagnosis, treatment, and management from a medical expert.
3. Know all you can about your infection and how it has an impact on your body.
4. Know how you can prevent transmitting the virus to other people.
5. Be active in stopping the transmission of the virus to other people.
6. Form good hygiene practices and good habits that’ll prevent the spread of the virus to individuals you come in contact with.
7. Know how to contain active outbreaks to cut your chances of transmitting the virus to other people.
Spreading the Infection to Yourself
Is it likely to spread herpes to other body parts? Can you contract herpes in the eyes? Can herpes be transmitted to your brain? These are all excellent questions, and we can answer them for you.
The term for transmitting the infection to a body part to another is term “autoinoculation,” This does not usually happen with herpes only if you follow good hygiene. Because genital herpes is usually confined to the underwear, you do not have to fear anything unless you’ve been touching or scratching your sores. You have to do your best not to come in contact with your sores and be certain to wash your hands if you do.
With genital herpes, you have to remember that if you shave in the area, don’t shave over lesions or sores, don’t use razors you utilized during an active outbreak or just don’t shave altogether during an active herpes stage. The blade can give a small knick and disburse the infection to another area of your genitals, making the outbreak worse.
Oral herpes also does not typically spread to other body parts unless a broken blister enters a sore or cut somewhere else. You must be careful not to play with or pick at the sores to avoid transmitting them. Or, if you come in contact with the sores and then rub your eyes, your eye can get herpes infection.
Can you get HSV-1 on the genitals by touching the mouth sores and then touching the genitals?
While this is ideally possible, it isn’t very improbable. The amount of herpes virus required to “autoinoculate” in this manner would be extremely high and not possible to just accidentally occur from touching yourself. But, in some instances it does occur or if you touch the mouth sores when they’re open or blistered and then touch the genitals. So again, it is always recommended to just not touch them or wash your hands immediately if you do come in contact with your sores.